Matrimony, Mayhem, and Murder (A Fiona Quinn Mystery) by CS McDonald

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Synopsis - 

You’re formally invited to Fiona and Nathan’s wedding. Question is: Will the wedding happen?

The venue is set, invitations sent, and the flowers ordered. It’s almost time for Fiona and Nathan to get married…again. What could possibly go wrong? Nothing…well, until the wedding planner is found dead.

Then the woman Fiona has never met shows up--Nathan’s enigmatic mom, Rita Landry. And she’s wearing a gorgeous but mysterious necklace. Worse, Rita is being followed by two sinister-looking men, forcing her to flee the country. And who gets dragged along? None other than the bride-to be! How does a girl prepare for all of that? Looks like Fiona’s perfectly planned matrimony has morphed into mayhem and murder!

Review - 

With all that is going on in the world right now, I have found myself increasingly drawn to cozy murder mysteries. Yes there is murder, but these stories are told with a lighter touch. No dark psycho killers and no passages so scary that you can't sleep.  In fact there is a touch of light hearted humor to be found in each.

Author C.S. McDonald is a prolific author with many books published, but at this moment her Fiona Quinn cozy mystery series is definitely one of my current favorites. In Matrimony, Mayhem, and Murder, Fiona and Nathan are home from the cruise where they secretly wed - not even their families know. They are only days away from their "official" ceremony. As their families are arrive, chaos quickly follows. 


Nathan's mother Rita is unexpected and definitely a woman of mystery. Fiona's mother is a force of nature not easily appeased. Then Fiona's wedding planner announces she won't be there for the wedding day, causing no end of stress. Her brother is dating the wedding planner so they have a huge fight. When the wedding planner is found dead with her throat cut, her brother becomes the lead suspect. Well he WAS found covered in blood holding the knife. From here we have intrigue, robbery, spies and a trip to England with Fiona in hand cuffs. 

Matrimony, Mayhem, and Murder offers a wild, crazy plot that is fun to read, with enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing.

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Meet the Author - 

For twenty-six years C.S. McDonald’s life whirled around a song and a dance. Classically trained at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School, The Pittsburgh Dance Alloy, and many others, she became a professional dancer and choreographer. During that time, she choreographed many musicals and an opera for the Pittsburgh Savoyards. In 2011 she retired from her dance career to write. Under her real name, Cindy McDonald, she writes murder-suspense and romantic suspense novels. In 2014 she added the pen name, C.S. McDonald, to write children’s books for her grandchildren. In 2016 she added the Fiona Quinn Mysteries to that expansion. She decided to write the cozy mystery series that everyone, including teens and tweens, can read and enjoy. Presently, the Fiona Quinn Mysteries nine books with a tenth slated for 2021. The books are also available on audio, narrated by Maren Swenson Waxenberg. Cindy’s newest venture is The Owl’s Nest Mysteries. Once again, she has set her cozy mystery in Pittsburgh. The female protagonist, Alexa Owl, is much different from Fiona Quinn. The Owl’s Next Mysteries has a little grit, a little time travel, a little romance, and a whole lot of cozy! Ms. McDonald resides on her Thoroughbred farm known as Fly by Night Stables near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Bill, and her poorly behaved Cocker Spaniel, Allister.

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